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October 2010 newsletter

Bonjour

In this newsletter, we give you French holiday ideas, either for this winter or 2011; tell you
why now could be good to buy property in France and about our new consulting service;
have another new French property available to rent; provide a recipe for aligot as well as
facts about French history and much more including specials and new paintings for sale.

A la prochaine
Sharon et David


 


Winter here is over but just about to start in France

Paris has its plage next to the Seine in summer but in winter you can iceskate next to it in front of the Hotel de Ville. Bien sur you can go skiing in the French Alps but there is also plenty more to do across Europe in hiver.

To read about European holidays in winter, click on the icon below for an article by Carolyn from:


If you can't get to Europe this year for the cold/snow, you can always make it seem like you are there with a painting of winter in France on your wall. We have a couple of Jacqueline's new works set in winter - one looking down from the hill of Montmartre and the other of Avignon winter rooftops; $90 each.



If this winter is too early for you, maybe go in summer with our 2011 EARLY BIRD SPECIALS for:

- our property purchasing tour 20-24 June 2011: Come join us and a small group of like minded others who share your passion for France and French property as we share our region, its hidden treasures and properties for sale as well as our experiences of buying places. You will even get to stay at a chateau and eat King Louis style for a night! If you book/pay your deposit by 15 November 2010 you will receive $250 off the price of the tour, so only $2,745 per person;  email us to book or for more information.

- renting our French properties: receive 10% off stays in 2011, offer extended to the end of November 2010 in:

    - our house in Pouzauges in the west of France
  frenchdesire.com.au/french-property-rental/pouzauges

    - our apartment in Isle sur la Sorgue in Provence
   www.frenchdesire.com.au/french-property-rental/isls 

     Note: new modified price schedules by season.



Indicators point to good time to buy in France now

Confidence would appear to be returning to the property market in France for the first time since the global downturn with property prices on the rise again. Brits are looking to buy up due to low interest rates and low relative property prices still. Aussies have even more incentive with the euro exchange rate being at an all time high. Occupancy rates for holiday homes in France are rated currently as good to excellent, read more:
www.frenchdesire.com.au/newsletter/oct10property_stats

Don't forget we have properties for sale including
our members' places in
Languedoc, Lot and Loire


 

Our consulting services to help buy French property

We are often asked to share our experiences of buying and then renting French property one on one in addition to our e-guides and workbook. To help people on their French property purchasing journey, we are now offering a consulting service. This can be provided face to face, over the phone or via email depending on your location and preference. If you are interested, http://www.frenchdesire.com.au/rental/tim-charente


 




Maison du Moulin to rent right next to river/castle

Tim has just finished work on his house located in the middle of a village located on the Charente river which is in a region known as the 3 valleys. The medieval village is officially classified as 'one of the beautiful villages of France'. Bakeries, a pub, a traditional French bar, restaurants and a general store supply the village. The house has 3 bedrooms which can accommodate 6 people with a large master bedroom and 2 other double bedrooms overlooking the Charente River. The lounge has the original stone floor and fireplace. A canoe, bikes and free internet are also able to be used. Tim's place is available from Mar to Oct for $500 a week for 1-2 people and $800 a week for up to 6 people. See more at:

http://www.frenchdesire.com.au/rental/tim-charente



Specials on some of our member's rental properties

Any bookings for Les Arcs sur Argens in Var, Provence for 2011 made before November will be at 2010 prices and bookings for more than four weeks attract a 10% discount. Prices start at only $500 AUD a week.

Donna and Peter will be BBQing back in Aussie land during Dec 2010/Jan 2011 and are offering their heritage listed accommodation in Gourge Poitou-Charentes for rent at the much reduced rate (half) of $300 AUD a week, plus electricity. If you are interested in this winter opportunity they are providing, http://www.frenchdesire.com.au/recipes/aligot 


                


Recipe for aligot (mashed potato with cheese)

This dish is traditionally made in the Auvergne region in the centre of France. The name of the dish is thought to have come from the words ail (garlic) and ligoter (bind):

http://www.frenchdesire.com.au/recipes/aligot 



French historical facts - histoire Francaise

From its prehistoric beginnings, through the middle ages, to what makes France and Paris what it is today:

http://www.frenchdesire.com.au/facts/french_history   


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